The call for abstracts has now CLOSED 

The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) has invited presenters to submit their abstracts for engaging oral presentations and workshops, to be delivered at the WA Mental health Conference 2022.

It's important your abstract meets the criteria outlined in the application form and addresses the theme outcomes and stream principles. Please follow our guidelines below to submit your abstract correctly before following the link to commence the submission process.

Conference host, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health promotes engaging presentations with audience discussion, involvement and activities to explore practical and real implications in workplace and community settings. 

Please consider how your abstract will impact on participants, key messages they will take away and how sentiments of recovery and hope will feature in your presentation.

We encourage a diverse and dynamic range of presenters and topics representing a range of viewpoints, experiences and research, to enrich the learning, expression of ideas and collaboration at the conference.  

People working in clinical, community, corporate, government, not-for-profit and academic settings, as well as the voices of lived and living experience are all encouraged to submit abstract applications, from all areas around the State and country. 

We invite short video presentations to be uploaded showcasing your presentation skills and outlining the essence of your abstract.

We expect all abstracts featured as presentations at the conference to incorporate one of several of the trauma-informed principles, which are the cornerstones of our stream categories the program will be built on: 

Program streams:

1.  Safety (emotional as well as physical safety)
  • Boundaries
  • Retention of staff – i.e. people leave if they feel unsafe
  • Housing
  • Debriefing and supervision
  • Making peer work safe
  • Alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in mental health settings
  • Having better conversations about risk – referrals, expectations, assumptions – understanding each other’s context and why we might make the decisions we make about referrals
  • Creating safety for clinicians in their working environments
  • Zero tolerance – are there better ways to create safety for workers and people, and the tension between those who exclude on the basis of behaviour and those who recognise they must work with behaviours of concern
2. Trust – is the service sensitive to people’s needs?
  • Staff leaving because they feel unsupported
  • Building trust for peer workers within their organisations
  • Building trust between clinicians, NGOs and lived or living experience – trusting the relationship between the NGO and the person
  • Cultural safety
  • How to make staff comfortable talking to HR or wellbeing teams without feeling they are putting their careers ‘at risk’ from disclosure.
3. Choice – do you provide opportunity for choice?
  • Choices in recovery – individuals deciding what recovery is important for them
  • What choices are we going to give people
4. Collaboration – do you communicate a sense of ‘doing with’ rather than ‘doing to’?
  • Mental health and AOD – other examples of collaboration for co-occurring issues
  • Partnership tools
  • Embedding partnerships in governance
5. Empowerment – is empowering people a key focus?
  • Self-care by employees (so they don’t burn out); boundaries – power to set them
  • Employment in knowledge and upskilling
6.  Respect for Diversity – do you respect diversity in all its forms?
  • Cultural security and safety
  • Diversity – othering – and stigma (culture, background, experiences, assumptions)

While the program streams rest on the trauma informed principles, these words can be used in their own merit outside of how they relate to trauma - think about what each word represents within mental health. For example, you may wish to present about mental health mentoring- this would relate to the 'Collaboration' stream. Your presentation/workshop could speak to one or multiple streams. 

Conditions of applications:

  • Submissions must be written in English
  • Online submission is the only method of abstract submission
  • Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission
  • It is the responsibility of the presenter / author to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly
  • Where there is more than one presenter all correspondence will be sent to the person who submitted the abstract
  • Every effort will be made to accommodate the presenter / author presentation preference however WAAMH reserves the right to allocate the presentation to best suit the program
  • The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful presenters.
  • Submitting an abstract does not guarantee you a place in the official program

Below is further information on the conference theme, objectives and streams to assist with your planning.

THEME: Working together: a shared purpose.

We recognise that a combination of factors, including roles, strengths, and supports within the mental health workforce and in the community, contribute to a person's overall mental wellbeing and recovery journey. Therefore it's vital they all complement each other and work effectively together for this shared purpose.

Objectives:

  • The conference aims to develop, strengthen and support WA’s mental health sector, so we can work better together in the interest of the community’s mental health.
  • It provides collaborative opportunities for people with lived experience, clinical staff and non-clinical mental health workers; offering the chance to share resources, perspectives and best practices.
  • The conference creates a physical and connected space to display strong mental health practice content for the mental health (unpaid and paid) workforce (and people whose work relates to mental health and OHS) to learn hands-on skills, training, development, based on recovery-focused, trauma-informed and person-centred models of care. 

Content should address practice issues such as:

  • Addressing stigma and discrimination
  • Co-occurring issues, including alcohol/drugs, neurodevelopmental disorders and psychosocial NDIS
  • Peer workers and building the lived experience workforce of the future
  • Looking after our workforce: recruitment, retention and skills development
  • Supporting and empowering those who care for others
  • Equipping community and workplaces with mental health practice skills and strategies for all
  • Utilising technology to offer long distance and remote support.

Please note, the call for abstracts has now closed.